An Advance Directive is a document that states your choices about medical treatment or names someone to make decisions about your medical treatment, if you are unable to make these decisions or choices yourself.Texas State law recognizes four types of Advance Directives:
- A Directive to Physicians and Family or Surrogates (Living Will)
- Medical Power of Attorney
- Mental Health Treatment Declaration
- An Out-of-Hospital Do Not Resuscitate Order
- Your guardian, if a court has appointed one, who is authorized to make health care decisions for you
- An adult child or if you have more than one adult child, a majority of those children who are reasonably available for consultation
- Your parents
- Your nearest living relative
If you have questions, you can ask any UT Health Northeast staff to assist you in contacting a Social Worker or Case Manager.
Advance Directive forms are available through the Patient Access Department.